The $159 TTArtisan 10mm f/2 boasts near-zero distortion

Dec 18, 2023

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The $159 TTArtisan 10mm f/2 boasts near-zero distortion

Dec 18, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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TTArtisan 10mm F2 APS-C

TTArtisan has released a new 10mm f/2 lens for APS-C cameras. It offers an ultra-wide 105º field of view, with a bright f/2 aperture. The company claims that is also has “nearly zero distortion”.

It’s available for Sony E, Fuji X, Nikon Z, Canon RF and Micro Four Thirds mounts, providing a good range of compatibility. Of course, being available for Canon RF, it’s a manual focus lens. It’s also really inexpensive.

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TTArtisan 10mm f/2 APS-C Lens

With a lens this wide, manual focus isn’t really an issue. Ultra-wide lenses like this typically only have a narrow field of view when you’re within a metre or so of the subject. Beyond that, pretty much the entire world is in focus.

Or, things outside the world, such as stars. The TTArtisan 10mm f/2 boasts near-zero distortion and with its wide aperture, it’s ideally suited to astrophotography. TTArtisan also says that it has excellent coma control, ensuring that stars stay round throughout the frame.

TTArtisan 10mm f2 APS-C Astrophotography

Looking at some of the sample images, such as the one above, there’s still some room for improvement. That being said, it’s a $159 lens. We can’t exactly expect too much from it, can we?

Professional or Portable Mode

This is an interesting bit of marketing. The company says the lens has “2 modes”. One of which is “Professional” mode. The lens includes a 72mm round filter holder. This is essentially an adapter that connects to the end of the lens, allowing you to use screw-on filters.

With a lens this wide, you’re not going to be using circular polarizers or variable NDs. But regular NDs and perhaps ND grads are definitely doable.

Left: "Professional" mode / Right: "Portable" mode
Left: “Professional” mode / Right: “Portable” mode

The other is “Portable” mode. This is for using the lens filterless. As well as the 72mm screw-on thread adapter, the TTArtisan 10mm f/2 APS-C also comes with a rubber lens cap that slips over the end of the lens. This means you’re ready to go at a moment’s notice and don’t need to worry about lens caps clipped into filter threads.

The idea of a filter holder making a lens “Professional” mode is quite amusing. However, it’s great to see that a filter holder has been supplied. Such consideration from a lens manufacturer is rare. So, to see it in a lens this cheap is a nice touch.

TTArtisan 10mm f/2 APS-C Specs

Focal length10mm
FormatAPS-C
MountSony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF, Fuji X, Micro Four Thirds
Focus typeManual focus
Max aperturef/2
Min aperturef/16
Min focus distance25cm
Optics13 elements in 10 groups
Aperture blades8
Filter diameter72mm (via Adapter)
Weight333-345g

Sample Images

TTArtisan 10mm F2 APS-C Astrophotography

Price and Availability

The TTArtisan 10mm f/2 APS-C is available to buy soon for $159 in Sony E, Fuji X, Nikon Z, Canon RF and Micro Four Thirds mounts.

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2 responses to “The $159 TTArtisan 10mm f/2 boasts near-zero distortion”

  1. gregdoryt Avatar
    gregdoryt

    If it is anything like their 23mm, this would be awesome.I love that TTArtisan 23mm on my old Sony a6000. It was nearly perfect. And it went to f1.4 making it my fastest lens. But as a professional, I upgraded to full frame and haven’t looked back. The astrophotography performance of my Sony a7rIIIa blows away my old a6000, as it should. I’m done investing in APSC as it is more of a hindrance than useful by today’s standards. I couldn’t believe how much APSC was holding me back.

  2. gallery90 Avatar
    gallery90

    ” Ultra-wide lenses like this typically only have a narrow field of view when you’re within a metre or so of the subject.”

    Uh…Ultra-wide lenses ALWAYS have a wide field of view, no matter the distance from the subject.

    You’re probably talking about “depth of field” (axial), not “field of view” (lateral).

    Rookie error?